An example of pontificate is the actions of a self-important professor who rambles on and on.
Origin of pontificateClassical Latin pontificatus from pontifex: see pontiff
intransitive verb-·cat·ed, -·cat·ing
- to officiate as a pontiff
- to speak or act in a pompous or dogmatic way
Origin of pontificate< ML pontificatus, pp. of pontificare
intransitive verbpon·tif·i·cat·ed, pon·tif·i·cat·ing, pon·tif·i·cates
- To express opinions or judgments in a dogmatic way.
- To administer the office of a pontiff.
Origin of pontificateLatin pontificātus from pontifex pontific- pontifex ; see pontifex . V., from Medieval Latin pontificāre pontificāt- to act as an ecclesiastic from Latin pontifex
(third-person singular simple present pontificates, present participle pontificating, simple past and past participle pontificated)